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Textiles A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

The course is designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The course is intended for those who enjoy being creative, who like drawing, experimenting and modeling ideas as well as making the final product.

Textiles provides wide study opportunities ranging from fashion, interiors, accessories and aesthetics to industrial uses of textiles and from creative and industrial work to aspects of manufacturing and industrial and commercial practices.

The course may be grouped in four broad areas:
- The ability to design and make products in response to a design brief; understanding concepts, application of materials and the development of practical making skills through to construction processes to produce objects of beauty and function.
- To investigate and analyse popular modern products with a focus on design, manufacturing processes and performance.
- The study of new technology, economic and market forces, social and environmental influences on the work of designers and design in society.
- The focus of practical outcomes involves understanding industrial manufacturing procedures and how these affect design principles.

Entry requirements

It is helpful but not necessary for candidates to have studied GCSE Design and Technology before commencing the course, to at least grade B.


The course explores the differences between fashion markets and manufacturing styles, traditional and technology and new computer based processes; there will be a significant input on the use of the computer as a design tool for drawing and manufacturing. Projects are based on contemporary textiles products, fashion and visual culture.

Coursework is initiated by visits to museums and galleries and contextual studies to explore historical and contemporary designs to encourage candidates to develop their talent and creativity in a desirable and marketable way.

Future opportunities

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world? And that the United Kingdom produces some of the world leaders in fashion, including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Vivien Westwood? The study of textiles is more than clothes; it’s about ideas, image society and the way we live. There are a huge variety of courses and careers available to students, having followed the Textiles A Level Course, including teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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